Academics & Programs
Certificate in Anglican Studies
The Certificate in Anglican Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for ministry – ordained and lay – in the Episcopal Church and other member churches of the Anglican Communion. Students in the M.Div. program interested in the Certificate in Anglican Studies should declare that interest to the Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and the Office of Academic Formation and Programs, so that they may be assigned an Anglican/Episcopal faculty advisor.
Classes Offered in Anglican Studies
The Divinity School has offered the following classes in Anglican Studies:
- Selected Modern Anglican Texts
- Episcopal Polity & Global Communion
- The Role and Function of Music in the Liturgy
- Anglican Social Ethics
- Anglican Spiritual Theology
- History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, 1700-present
- English Reformation History
- Anglican Doctrine
- Readings in Rowan Williams
- John Henry Newman: Life & Thought
- The 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the Principles of Anglican Worship.
All of these are elective options in Anglican Studies that supplement the core curriculum of the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs.
The AEHS enjoys warm relationships with many local Anglican/Episcopal parishes as well as some “teaching” congregations elsewhere in the United States, where students may serve as field education interns. There is opportunity for clinical pastoral education (CPE) as well as further specialization in the area of theology and medicine through Duke University Hospital and several other local healthcare providers in the Durham, N.C., area. Additionally, Duke University offers an opportunity to focus on educational chaplaincy ministry through the work of Duke Chapel, the Duke Episcopal Center, and many other religious life organizations. Those preparing for the ordained ministry through the MDiv and Anglican Certificate programs are required to undertake two placements, at least one of which must be in a parish context. American students are urged to take advantage of field education opportunities in other provinces of the Anglican Communion; Duke Divinity School offers a wealth of international links and pilgrimage opportunities, from Canterbury to Khartoum.
The AEHS collaborates with the Field Education office to tailor these placement opportunities to student interests and requirements. The funding for these internships is usually provided by the receiving church/institution.
Anglican Spiritual Formation
Anglican Spiritual Formation is a program offered through the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. It represents a commitment more than a course for those working to bring together the different aspects of life under God in a context of mutual accountability: personal and professional, academic and practical, and devotional and ecclesial. The aim is to help one another establish habits and develop the character to underpin a lifetime of service (ordained or lay) within an Anglican/Episcopal setting. This begins with a daily commitment to morning prayer, and it also assumes a parish involvement beyond Duke Divinity School, as well as routine participation in the services and seminars of the AEHS.
Anglican Spiritual Formation (CHURMIN 704) is an ongoing core program for those pursing the Certificate in Anglican Studies. Some meetings will be open to welcome those not formally registered in the program.
Scholarships & Fellowships
There are a range of fellowships and scholarships at Duke Divinity School, open to applicants of any denomination. Some students find support through sponsoring churches and other external funds and foundations to which candidates may apply.